Monday, June 6, 2011

Dr. Skud fly swatter | Philippe Starck | Alessi, Italy | 1998

Philippe Starck Dr. SkudDr. Skud fly swatter
Philippe Starck
Alessi, Italy, 1998

The Dr. Skud fly swatter was conceived by Philippe Starck in 1995 and put into production in 1998.  It is part of the A di Alessi collection.  The fly swatter is made of bulk dyed polyamide (abbreviated PA and also known as nylon) and is given the code PS07.

It is a fashionable enough way to dispatch of flies, I suppose.  But I prefer it as a decorative object and the “catch-and-release” method when buzzing insects find their way indoors.  It is still available from plenty of sources in many colors for around $16.

At the Philippe Starck Network (look under “Good Goods”), Starck says of the swatter:

I would be glad to forego killing flies. However… it may seem crude to wield a flyswatter, but it is a far more ecological response than an insecticide spray (both the substance and the delivery system are toxic). To counteract the savagery of the blow, Dr Skud wears a delicate human face. A tripod enables him to stand erect like a small guardian angel.

Dr. Skud fly swatter

Dr. Skud fly swatter.  Image source:  eBay.

Dr. Skud fly swatterDr. Skud fly swatter

Dr. Skud fly swatter.  Above:  Tripod base.  Below:  Imprint.  Image source:  eBay.

Dr. Skud fly swatter

Dr. Skud fly swatter with box. The fly swatter measures 3 5/8” across at its widest point by 17.5” height with the tripod footprint measuring 2 1/2” in all directions.  The box measures 18 1/2” by 4” by 2 1/2”.  Image source:  eBay.

Dr. Skud fly swatterDr. Skud fly swatter

Above: Dr. Skud fly swatters in other colors with their respective boxes.  Image source:  blue.

Dr. Skud fly swatter Dr. Skud fly swatter
Dr. Skud fly swatter Dr. Skud fly swatter
Dr. Skud fly swatter Dr. Skud fly swatter

Six colors of the Dr. Skud flyswatter:  orange, yellow, pink, green, blue, and black. Image source:  Relax Living.


Good goods. (n.d.). [p. 32]. Retrieved from http://www.philippe-starck.com/

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